Ken Chertow Clinic – December 4th

November 30, 2016 by  
Filed under Featured, Wrestling, Clinics

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1988 Olympian Ken Chertow will be coming to Hawaii this week to hold a clinic at Kaiser High School. The clinic will be held SUnday, December 4th, 2016 and run from 1pm – 3pm. There will also be a free Family Nutrition Seminar immediately following the clinic, from 3:00 – 3:30. Cost for the clinic is $25.

Chertow spends a great deal of time planning each camp and clinic in order to provide the skill development and training that is most appropriate for that time in the pre-season or early season cycle. Coaches who bring their teams to the clinics consistently remark how productive and beneficial the sessions have been in the preparation of their teams for the upcoming season.

Chertow was a member of the 1988 US Olympic Team and was a 3x NCAA All-American for Penn State. He was also Pan American Games champion and has coached at both Penn State and Ohio State.

You can find more information, including registration flyer, by clicking here.

Jimmy Pedro/Kayla Harrison Judo Clinic–March 23, 2014

March 3, 2014 by  
Filed under Featured, Judo, Clinics

Get ready Hawaii judoka, Jimmy Pedro is returning to the islands for a judo clinic on Sunday, March 23, 2014 at Iolani School. The 4x Olympian, 2x Bronze medalist and 2012 US Olympic Judo coach will be accompanied by 2012 Olympic Gold medal winner Kayla Harrison. Rounding out the clinic staff is World Team member and Olympic Training Center coach, Todd Brehe.

The clinic will be split into three sessions, with juniors beginning at 1pm, followed by a session on mental preparation at 2:30pm, and wrapping up with a senior class at 3:30pm.

It’s a rare opportunity to be coached by some of the best judoka in the world!

 

When: Sunday, March 23, 2014
1:00pm – 2:30pm Junior Class (ages 7-13)
2:30pm – 3:00pm Goal Setting & Mental Preparation Seminar
3:30pm – 5:00pm Senior Class
Where: Iolani School
Lower Gym
563 Kamoku Street
Eligibility: Current USJF/USJI/USJA Membership
Participants must present membership card at the clinic
Cost: $50 individual
$500 per club
Make checks payable to Iolani School
Liability Waiver Please bring with you do the clinic
Click here to download a copy
Registration Form Email to judo@iolani.org by March 7, 2014
For more information, contact Dan Nishita (808) 382-9779 or email judo@iolani.org

The Bright Future of Tehsya Alo

December 4, 2013 by  
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teshya_alo_2013It’s behind the Star-Advertiser pay wall, but for those of you with access, Jerry Company did a nice profile on Kamehameha – Kapalama sophomore Teshya Alo. Besides doing a great job introducing her to the general public, Company raises the point that in order for Teshya to reach her full potential, she needs to move to the mainland.

In my experience, the biggest disadvantage that Hawaii wrestlers have when compared to mainland wrestlers is the volume & quality of competition. It’s very easy (and inexpensive) for a kid in the Midwest to get dozens, if not >100, matches during the off-season. Our Hawaii wrestlers have become just as talented as many mainland wrestlers, but when we get to the big tournaments, we’re often not as “seasoned” because we have far fewer competitive matches.

There are certainly exceptions (Travis Lee and the Terao brothers come to mind). But does Alo need to leave Hawaii before she finishes high school in order to reach her goal of becoming an Olympian?

David Terao Takes 1st at 2013 Keystone Classic

November 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Featured, Wrestling

2012-13Looks like David Terao (Mid-Pacific ‘11) is off to a great start for the 2013-2014 season. Terao took first in the 125 pound weight class at the 2013 Keystone Classic, beating two top 20 opponents on his way to the title.

You can read more from American University’s paper, The Eagle.

David was also named FloWrestling Brute Wrestler of the Week and American University’s Student-Athlete  of the week.

Congratulations David on a  great tournament!

Terry Steiner to lead 2014 USA Wrestling Clinics in Hawaii

November 18, 2013 by  
Filed under Featured, Wrestling, Clinics

US National Women’s Head Coach Terry Steiner returns to Hawaii for a series of free clinics sponsored by USA Wrestling. Steiner was an 1993 NCAA Champion for the University of Iowa and has headed the Women’s National Team since 2003.

 

Terry SteinerUS Women’s Olympic Wrestling Team 2004, 2008, 2012

Women’s World Team Coach 2003 thru 2013

US Women World Cup Coach

Former Assistant Coach at Wisconsin and Oregon State

1993 NCAA Champion for Univ. of Iowa

1993 Most Outstanding Wrestler at NCAA Championships

 

All wrestlers and coaches are welcome and the clinic is FREE, so hope to see everyone there!

Clinic Times:

  • Friday, November 29, 2013: 2pm – 6pm at the Aiea High School Gym
  • Saturday, November 30, 2013: 9am – 12:30pm at the Kauai High School Gym
  • Sunday, December 1, 2013: 1pm – 3pm at the Lahainaluna High School Gym

Terao Follows In Travis Lee’s Legacy

August 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Wrestling, Team Hawaii

Note:  Bob Hogue’s  terrific article about Josh Terao in the latest edition of Midweek

Terao Follows In Travis Lee’s Legacy

Posted on August 21, 2013 by Bob Hogue

It’s a long way from Honolulu to Fargo, N.D. – more than 3,800 miles, in fact – but it didn’t stop 31 of Hawaii’s top young wrestlers from descending on the northern city last month. By the time the young grapplers returned home from the Junior and Cadet National Championships, 11 were All-Americans and three were national champions. . . . . .

Read the rest of the article here:  http://www.midweek.com/terao-follows-in-travis-lees-legacy/

 

COACH MAC’S FARGO BLOG – Aloha Edition

July 22, 2013 by  
Filed under Featured, Wrestling, Team Hawaii, Uncategorized

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Monday July 22, 2013
Everyone was up early and eating 
breakfast in the hotel, I was kind 
of surprised since they were up 
late! 

We got all checked in and on our 
first flight out of  Minneapolis to
Chicago! It is a heck of a long 
flight back home!
We gathered for one last group picture and talk by Coach Corbett before separating, 
most towards baggage claim the rest with me to the inter island  terminal!
I took notice of of the wrestlers lingering good byes! Many of them did not  know 
each other, or perhaps just acquaintances, now they are bonded as Team  Hawaii!
This wraps up my blog for Team Hawaii's 2013 USAW Cadet and Junior Nationals!



Note:  Within an hour of touching down in Honolulu, Ray “Coach Mac” Pigott, Team Hawaii 2013 Assistant Coach, and Hawaii Federation of USA Wrestling Director from Kauai, was dutifully on his iphone, sending this final “Aloha Edition” of his Fargo Blog. For those of us back home and curious about what things were like , he permitted us to connect with Team Hawaii 2013, gain insight into their moods and movements, and follow them through the 2013 Fargo journey.  

And, we hope he helped our Parents, and Coaches, and Families and Friends back here in Hawaii live Fargo a little, along with the wrestlers they sent off two weeks ago. 

We think he did all of that perfectly.

The HFUSAW extends its warmest Mahalo to Coach Mac for his dedication to Team Hawaii 2013.

And, to the Coaches, Members and Chaperons of the Team, WELCOME HOME!

 

 

 

 

 

COACH MAC’S FARGO BLOG – Comin’ Home

July 22, 2013 by  
Filed under Wrestling, Team Hawaii

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Team Hawaii departed Minneapolis, Minnesota 
this morning on its way back home.

Sunday July 21, 2013
Last breakfast in the cafeteria, then time 
to pack up and move out of the dorm!  

It took us a little longer than expected, 
to get all the rooms cleaned up and do  
the check out procedure, but we were ready 
when the bus arrived!
It was almost 4 hours from Fargo to Minneapolis, first stop Mall of America! 

We  had a great lunch then broke off into groups, some shopping and others on the  
rides!
Before checking into the hotel, we had a nice team dinner, we proposed toasts and 
sang happy birthdays! 

After checking into the hotel, most of the  wrestlers played in the pool before 
bed time!
Stay tuned, I will blog again tomorrow!

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Team Hawaii's last night together on the year's trip to Fargo, they squeezed in to a small ice room on their hotel room floor to talk story! Great group of wrestlers, I will miss them! - Coach Mac

Team Hawaii’s last night together on the year’s trip to Fargo, they squeezed in to a small ice room on their hotel room floor to talk story! Great group of wrestlers, I will miss them! – Coach Mac

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THE COACHES – Team Hawaii 2013

July 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Featured, Wrestling, Team Hawaii

Head Coach Kevin Corbett in Thomas Tawata's corner

Head Coach Kevin Corbett in Thomas Tawata’s corner

A BIG MAHALO to the Team Hawaii 2013 Coaching Staff who led the Team through two weeks of mainland travel, 3 National Championships, and 11 All-American honors.

They are:

Head Coach Kevin Corbett

Assistant Coach Tyler Diamond

Assistant Coach Daniel Johnson

Assistant Coach Joyce Johnson

Assistant Coach Stephanie “Sarara” Mix

Assistant Coach William “Bill” Mix

Assistant Coach Ray “Coach Mac” Pigott

Assistant Coach Jackie Quiggle

Assistant Coach David Terao

Participation in the 2013 Asics/Vaughan Junior & Cadet National Championship in Fargo, North Dakota was possible through the help of these coaches who in addition to volunteering their time and expertise also paid for their own travel.

We are very fortunate this year to have had such great group of coaches working together to support Team Hawaii.  The planning for the trip began months before the tournament.  Facility use and practices schedules had to be coordinated around work schedules and other personal commitments.

In addition to their coaching duties, our coaches helped house neighbor island wrestlers for a week prior to their departure.  At the Team Hawaii’s training camp in South Dakota, our coaches (with the help of parent chaperones) went grocery shopping and cooked meals to help reduce the cost of the trip.

Head Coach Corbett did a wonderful job coordinating everyone at his disposal to help.  It took a team effort of Coaches, Chaperons, and Parents to successfully manage Team Hawaii’s 29 Wrestlers throughout this tournament.

The demands on the coaches were great with up to 25 mats going at the same time, a football field in distance to cover, up to two divisions going simultaneously, and multiple entries in the same weight class potentially going at the same time.

Practices for the other wrestlers not in session overlap with those in session and every wrestler has their own individual issues from injuries to making weight that need special attention from time to time.  Even making sure the wrestlers do their own laundry is in itself a task.

Special Mahalo to Assistant Coach Charles Ariola and Halau Lokahi Public Charter School for his coaching expertise hosting Team Hawaii 2013 training in Honolulu.

Additional Mahalo to other Coaches and volunteers in Hawaii who contributed to the success of Team Hawaii 2013.

Coaches Tyler Diamond, David Terao, Kevin Corbett and Daniel Johnson with Junior Greco-Roman Champion Josh Terao

Coaches Tyler Diamond, David Terao, Kevin Corbett and Daniel Johnson with Junior Greco-Roman Champion Josh Terao

Coach Mac illustrates that practice never ends

Coach Mac illustrates that practice never ends

Coach Kevin Corbett and Cornelius Putnam

Coach Kevin Corbett and Cornelius Putnam

Coaches Corbett and Diamond with Zack Diamond and Liam Corbett

Coaches Corbett and Diamond with Zack Diamond and Liam Corbett

Coach Corbett moments before being suplexed by Kristin Yamasaki

Coach Corbett moments before being suplexed by Kristin Yamasaki

Coach Mac made sure our Neighbor Isle wrestlers were happy.

Coach Mac made sure our Neighbor Isle wrestlers were happy.

Coaches Bill and Sarara Mix

Coaches Bill and Sarara Mix

Coaches Dan and Joyce Johnson with Daughter Rebekah

Coaches Dan and Joyce Johnson with Daughter Rebekah

Coaches Corbett and Diamond

Coaches Corbett and Diamond

Coach Diamond volunteers to demonstrate the "table top" position

Coach Diamond volunteers to demonstrate the “table top” position

 

 

MAHALO TEAM HAWAII 2013 CHAPERONS!

July 21, 2013 by  
Filed under Featured, Wrestling, Team Hawaii

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Note:  Team Hawaii 2013 Official Chaperons lovingly endured scenes like THIS. . . for two weeks!

 

Larry Aguigui and Son Matthew

Larry Aguigui and Son Matthew

Behind the scenes of the successful Team Hawaii 2013 Fargo trip were a group of reliable, dedicated, and by this time, exhausted Team Hawaii Chaperons.

Made up of a group of Team Hawaii parents , the official Chaperons for the Team provided a critical support system allowing our Wrestlers to wrestle, our Coaches to coach, and our parents back home in Hawaii to know their wrestlers were well cared for.

“We organized the Fargo trip to maximize the talents and contributions of our volunteers,” said Hawaii Federation of USA Wrestling President, Ryan Sugihara.  “We tried to free up our Coaches to concentrate on the wrestling and all the responsibilities that go with preparing for and coaching at a  national tournament.   To do that, we needed other adults to step up and help out.  What we ended up with was an incredible squad of parents and friends of Hawaii Wrestling who committed to helping our Team, the kids and the Coaching Staff.”

Parents (in alphabetical order) Lawrence Aguigui,  Kevin Takaesu, Kevin Yamasaki, and Alan Yoshikawa acted as Official Team Hawaii 2013 Chaperons, along with Team Hawaii 2013 Coaches.  They traveled with the team, lived  in the Team dormitory accommodations, and helped supervise the Team off the mat.

All of the official Chaperons  traveled at their own expense, and registered as USA Wrestling Coaches to ensure adherence to USA Wrestling principals and regulations.

A very grateful HFUSAW says a big MAHALO to them all!

Kevin Takaesu and Daughter Bree

Kevin Takaesu and Daughter Bree

 

Kevin Yamasaki and Daughter Kristin

Kevin Yamasaki and Daughter Kristin

Alan Yoshikawa and Son Tyler

Alan Yoshikawa and Son Tyler

 

 

 

 

 

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